Some times, the best decisions are those made on a whim.
A few years ago, I was checking out the “clearance” section on the Bluestone Perennials website and just before I was ready to hit “checkout”, I added a few Campanula glomerata ‘Joan Elliot’ to my order.
Years later, it is still the gift that keeps on giving:
This perennial has performed like a champ ever since I planted it. The blooms are a given come early May when I eagerly anticipate the opening of the buds:
Before I know it, there are countless blooms and it is a sea of dark purple:
Once the buds have completely opened, each individual flower is a beauty:
This campanula thrives in full sun for me but it apparently also will perform well in part shade. I have mine at the foot of some peonies and when the two bloom simultaneously, it is a killer combination:
- Typical size is 18″ x 14″
- Survives in zones 3-8
- Adapts well to wet clay soil (can I get a hell yeah?)
- There is sporadic rebloom if deadheaded regularly
- I’ve had no issues of it being overly aggressive but I’ve read complaints from some
- Division is suggested every 3-4 years (and I plan to do so in spring)
So what do you think? Would you give it a whirl?